Desktop Linux Gets Boost From Dell

from the it's-dellinux dept

In a move that's been expected for some time, Dell has announced that for the first time, it will offer PCs with Linux pre-installed. The move makes sense for a few reasons. For one thing, Dell has always touted itself as having the most customizable computers, so giving users their choice of operating systems would seem to fit with the company's ethos. A more important factor may have been the growing Microsoft tax. As many people have pointed out, as hardware prices continue to drop, proprietary software accounts for a larger and larger slice of the cost of a computer. Thus it makes sense for computer makers, which compete intensely on cost, to offer equivalent solutions that don't require them to hand a big chunk over to Microsoft. Dell's entry into the desktop Linux market probably won't do a whole lot to stem its recent woes, but the company needs all the help it can get as it deals with a surging HP, and a computer market that isn't seeing any tailwind from the release of Vista.

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    Anonymous Coward, 31 Mar 2007 @ 2:10pm

    Penguin powered future ahead

    I plan to upgrade my parents to Linux now that their version of windows is retired. For them to go to the next version of windows would required a new machine which is a real waste of money. I have had them using Firefox, Thunderbird and Openoffice for many years now so the switch to Linux will not be too painful for what they do. The only cost to them will be adding 512mb ram to get to 1gig. This will make Linux run smoother, although it will work fine with the current 512mb. That sure is cheaper than having to run out and buy a whole new machine with windows. It also saves the landfill from the toxic chemicals for the thrown away old computer. I use windows and Linux. Each fill their needs. Windows for games and software that is windows only, Linux for everything else. So far using Linux has kept a PPro 200, celery 366, P-2 450, Duron 700, and celery 1.1gig out of the landfill.
    The people who are in I.T. that are scared to death of Linux are the ones who are either brainwashed by MS, or are scared to learn something new and different. Once you get it, you think more clearly about using the right tool for the right job and saving money in the process. I.E. no license needed for Linux, reuse aging hardware that would normally be trashed. Think about this for a moment, the whole task for xyz department is to log into the Oracle server to do billing, invoicing, etc. Hmmm, all they need for that is a web browser. Bingo lots of old machines re-used and no additional hardware or software cost. You just saved thousands of dollars, and made your network more secure since now they won't get infected as easy when they do email and web browing since right now 99% of all bad web stuff is focused on windows.

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